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Jordy Mercer scratched with back tightness
by R.J. White |

Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer has been scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to back tightness, the team announced. Clint Barmes will replace Mercer at the position and bat eighth.

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Evan Gattis sidelined indefinitely with illness
by Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

Braves catcher Evan Gattis has missed the last eight days due to strep throat, and the team is unsure of when he'll be able to return, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

"I really don’t know," manager Fredi Gonzalez said Tuesday. "We will let the doctors and people who are looking at him decide when, where. But hopefully (it’s) soon."

Gattis started to feel sick on Sept. 7, and although the team reported last Wednesday that he was feeling better, he hasn't seen any action since the first day of his sickness. Gattis has hit .270/.325/.507 with 22 home runs and 52 RBI in 359 at-bats.

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John Lackey throws bullpen Tuesday, in line for Friday start
by R.J. White |

Cardinals pitcher John Lackey threw a bullpen session Tuesday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports, putting him in line to start Friday against the Reds.

Lackey's last scheduled start was skipped due to a case of dead arm. He owns a 3.97 ERA and 151:43 K:BB ratio in 183 2/3 innings but has struggled since joining the Cardinals.

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Adeiny Hechavarria out of lineup Tuesday
by R.J. White |

Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria is not in the lineup Tuesday due to arm soreness, reports. He has hit .281/.312/.366 with seven stolen bases in 495 at-bats. The shortstop is day-to-day.

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Diamondbacks tab Andrew Chafin for Wednesday start
by R.J. White |

Diamondbacks pitcher Andrew Chafin will start Wednesday's series finale against the Giants, the team announced Tuesday.

Chafin, who was called up Monday, has made one start for the Diamondbacks, tossing five scoreelss innings against the Indians on Aug. 13.

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White Sox announce weekend rotation plans
by R.J. White |

The White Sox announced the teams' weekend rotation plans Tuesday, with Jose Quintana scheduled to get the ball Friday to start the team's series against the Rays. Hector Noesi will follow Quintana Saturday, while John Danks is scheduled to pitch Sunday.

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Shin-Soo Choo to undergo ankle surgery Wednesday
by R.J. White |

Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle to repair torn cartilege Wednesday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Choo won't begin his running program for six-to-eight weeks while recovering from the surgery. He was ruled out for the season in August due to bone spurs in his elbow.

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Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton back in lineup Tuesday
by R.J. White |

Angels first baseman Albert Pujols and outfielder Josh Hamilton are back in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Mariners.

Pujols left Monday's game with a hamstring injury, but it won't cost him any time. Hamilton, who will be the team's designated hitter Tuesday, has been out since Sept. 4 while recovering from a right shoulder injury.

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Nolan Arenado has chest contusion, early onset pneumonia
by R.J. White |

An MRI on injured Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado has revealed that Arenado is dealing with a chest contusion and early onset pneumonia, the team announced Tuesday.

Arenado is at home resting Tuesday while recovering. He has hit .287/.328/.500 with 18 home runs and 61 RBI in 432 at-bats.

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Dodgers send Stephen Fife to DL, add Daniel Coulombe
by R.J. White |

The Dodgers recalled pitcher Stephen Fife from Triple-A Albuquerque Tuesday and placed him on the 60-day disabled list. He underwent Tommy John surgery in August.

The move opens up a 40-man roster spot for pitcher Daniel Coulombe, who was brought up from Double-A Chattanooga in a corresponding move. Coulombe has posted a 2.89 ERA and 92:27 K:BB ratio in 65 1/3 innings between high class A Rancho Cucamonga and Chattanooga.

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